.by Anura Guruge
1. Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth — Aug. 7, 2013.
2. Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth — Dec. 17, 2012.
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As I said in my last post not only had I set two electronic e-mail alerts for yesterday to remind me — we set two wake up alarms, one mechanical the other electronic (because I am a great believer in belt-and-braces), to rouse me from my deep slumber at 7:30 am. That I was willing to get up at 7:30 am to buy tickets really is the utmost endorsement I can give to Revels North.
I am not a morning person — especially because I don’t go to bed until early morning! Last night I didn’t make it to bed till 1:30 am and then I read for 20 minutes. No I am not an insomniac. I actually sleep very well, without issue — always have and I can sleep anywhere when I have to. Unless we are travelling or have an appointment, it has to be a VERY SPECIAL occasion for me to agree to getting up before 8 am. And today was one of those days.
Yes, I got up at 7:30 last year also, on the very first day the tickets went online, to get our front row seats.
The kids have high expectations of me when it comes to tickets. They think I am good at it — probably the only thing that they think I am good at. So I try not to disappoint. They have very specific requirements. Front row aisle. So I got them front row aisle for the 3rd year in a trot. It was a bit nerve wracking this morning.
Though I woke up at 7:30 and Deanna, kindly, supplied me with my first cup of coffee shortly thereafter, there was no way I intended to get out of bed! There are limits. So I had taken the precaution of putting Teischan’s Windows 8 laptop under the bed. I am not very good with laptops. I don’t like the keyboards and the screen, even at 15+”, is way too small for me. I am into BIG picture since this PC has 47″ horizontal screen space. So I messed up a few times. I was getting worried that I might lose the seats. But, I prevailed. We, actually Teischan, has an account, so the purchase part was easy. [We use to go to Big Apple circus at Hanover — until they stopped coming. I set up the Hop box office account to buy those tickets in 2006 — the year that Teischan was born; having seen the flyer for the circus at ‘The Hospital’ during her birth. Hence, why the account is in her name — which she is very proud of, because the tickets bear her name and all the Hop literature we get is addressed to her.]
So we are excited. I am happy though this has been an EXPENSIVE week in terms of tickets. Monday tickets for the circus. Today Revels and then 30 minutes later Deanna bought tickets for ‘Story Land’ — another near ‘annual’ ritual.
‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Will Soon Have The ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Going Back 30 Days!
.by Anura Guruge
>> ‘TEN Cricket’ with
>> Skybox TV
>> — Aug. 10, 2013.
>> ‘TEN Cricket’ on Skybox TV — Aug. 13, 2013.
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I chatted with one of the Skybox TV developers (in Canada) this afternoon. We had been ‘chatting’ briefly on the phone and on e-mail over the last 10 days, but this was the first time we had a long, productive two-way dialogue about my impressions of ‘TEN Cricket’ with the Skybox TV and what was coming down the pike.
I had been told from day one that a DVR-like Catch Up feature would be available for TEN Cricket.
There is one Indian-program Catch Up TV channel on the Skybox right now. I actually played with it tonight. It is cute.
TEN Cricket is the next channel to be added — SHORTLY.
They are just waiting on getting the electronic schedule since this is key — as with a DVR. When activated you will be able to go back a month and pick programs, in the case of cricket fan, specific matches, we want to watch. This will be great. Can’t wait.
I will get updates in the coming days and I will keep you posted. This will really be a breakthrough. We might even get to see Tri-Nations.
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>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.
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Going to the October ‘Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey‘ circus at the Verizon in Manchester, NH, has become a cherished annual event over the last five or six years — us also typically taking in the elephant parade before that got nixed by the circus last year. [More on that in a later post.]
The first time we went we had to redeem a FREE TICKET voucher that Deanna had got when Devanee was a baby. Barnum & Bailey give a free voucher to all babies provided the parents claim the voucher before the baby turns one.
When I went to Verizon box office to redeem the voucher and get 3 more tickets I discovered that the voucher only covered the ‘cheap’ seats. So I ended up getting 4 ‘cheap’, i.e., ~$20, seats. When we went to the performance we were pleasantly surprised. Given that the arena is quite small and the circus ‘floor’ occupies all of the ‘floor’ space, the cheap seats were GOOD.
Since then I have always gotten the cheap seats.
This year was no different. Though we get, through e-mail, all sorts of ‘buy tickets early’ promotions from the circus, I refrain since it involves dealing with Ticketmaster and I loathe Ticketmaster with a vengeance. So if we happen to be within 20 miles, i.e., Concord, we drive to the Box Office and buy the tickets at the window. As far as I recall the tickets for this year went on sale last week. But, I wasn’t too concerned. The show we go to is never full.
Yesterday morning, i.e., Monday, we were in Concord. We had to drop Devanee off at a 12-night camp. We then headed to the Verizon. It was very quiet.
I got exactly the tickets I wanted. 2nd row from the floor. So we can still be close enough to be perspired upon by the clowns. The four tickets averaged out to $22 each. Parking, thanks to Manchester’s Event Parking, is a $1. So it is not an expensive outing and is definitely worth the money.
I happened to be served by the Assistant Manager of the Box Office. I was telling him that I always come and buy my tickets at the window. He confirmed that that was always the best way — if you can make it to Manchester.
This is the seating configuration at the Verizon for the circus. The ‘stage’ and the ‘blue/gray’ in the middle are the ‘floor’ [i.e. ring] for the circus. There are cheap seats in the yellow sections and if you know the setup, as I do, and the Box Office person is willing to help you, you can get 2nd row seats, in the yellow segments for the kind of price I did. We once, for Cirque du Soleil, did the purple seats. They were too far. Not doing that again.